hive mind n.
They must be constantly in telepathic rapport with each other. Something like the ‘hive mind’ of the bees, even further developed.
Ali Baba, Junior in Captain Future Winter 30/1
It’s pretty certain, too, that the Halpa have the hive-mind class of intelligence, so what goes for the nerve systems of most of the ones they send through to us might be nothing much more than secondary reflex-transmitters.
Second Night of Summer in Galaxy Science Fiction Dec. 22/2
All the buildings were the same shape and size… Raf wondered if those who had built them had not been humanoid at all, but perhaps insects with a hive mind.
Star Born (1966) 39
I'm convinced that these aliens must necessarily operate on the hive-mind principle. We face not one of them alone nor the total number of them but we face the sum total of them as a single unit, as a single mind and a single expression of purpose and performance.
Golden Bugs in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction June 107/1
Their enemies…include a reptilian race and an insectoid hive-mind race.
in Dragon Magazine Aug. 71/1
Wintermute was hive mind, decision maker, effecting change in the world outside.
Neuromancer (1989) xxiii. 269
Paul has become convinced that the pseudo-Cooties interact as a sort of hive mind, similar to that of terrestrial insects. The most appropriate analogy might be to driver ants. Given their past behavior, I have to agree with his assessment. If the original Cooties, as represented by their automechanical counterparts, are highly evolved insects, then this would seem to make sense.
Labyrinth of Night 199
When it sets about ‘reassembling’ the hive-mind which it assumes to be the natural state of affairs on Earth—bringing an assortment of frightened, suffering, incompetent individuals into a gestalt much larger than that featured in More Than Human—it creates an entity far more powerful than the one of which it is a part.
Theodore Sturgeon in Interzone Mar. 45/2
The mindless drone Centurions were essentially a hive mind, responsive to the Cylon Imperious Leader, a mysterious figure whose intelligence seemed light years beyond others of his kind.
Battlestar Galactica: Armageddon iii. 31
Then, just when she had almost been turned into a spider, had almost had her own memories erased and been pumped full of the implants that would bind her into their hive mind, the zombies arrived.
Redemption Ark 25
2014 SciFiNow (#92) 47
The Borg…will assimilate all they come across into the Hive mind in their pursuit of perfection.
James Schmitz, "Second Night of Summer"
Research HistoryMike Christie submitted a 1960 cite from Clifford Simak's "The Golden Bugs".
Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a reprint of James Schmitz' "Second Night of Summer"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1950 first magazine appearance.
Enoch Forrester submitted a 1982 cite from an article by John Sapienza in Dragon Magazine.
Malcolm Farmer submitted a 2002 cite from Alastair Reynolds' "Redemption Ark".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a 2002 cite from a review by Jonathan Wright in SFX Magazine of Alastair Reynolds' "Redemption Ark".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1966 reprint of Andre Norton's 1957 "Star Born".
Douglas Winston submitted a 2001 cite from Timothy Zahn's "Angelmass".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1992 cite from Allen Steele's "Labyrinth of Night".
Bill Mullins submitted a 1943 cite from Captain Future.
Added to the OED as a subordinate entry under "hive" in December 2004, with an earliest date of 1950.
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